There’s more you can explore on a budget than just Bangkok and Bali
You did it! You survived all the exams, group projects and papers – now it’s time for your well-earned break! One of the best things about graduating is going on a grad trip with your friends to celebrate your newfound freedom. But when the whole world is suddenly your oyster, you'll realise that your bank balance isn’t exactly your best friend at the moment that makes planning for a far-flung vacation something of a challenge.
So we’ve done the research for you and put together a list of budget-friendly trips that doesn't sacrifice your fun and excitement. Our advice is to explore the hidden gems around us in the vast and diverse regions of Asia and Oceania. Whether you’re looking for a spiritual or intellectual experience, a food or adventure paradise, there’s a vacation spot to suit your interests and personality.
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9. For the History Buffs: Bagan, Myanmar
Learning doesn’t end when you graduate as the world is like a classroom! Start your global intellectual journey at Bagan, one of the largest and richest archaeological sites in Asia. Once the golden capital of the Pagan Empire, Bagan is home to over 2,000 Buddhist monuments today. With so many beautiful temples, pagodas and stupas, you might be spoilt for choice, but some iconic ones not to be missed are the revered Ananda Pagoda, the reddish-brick Dhammayangyi Temple, and the Gawdawpalin Temple, which sits at the banks of the gorgeous Irrawaddy River. You can also explore them by bicycle or even a horse and cart guided tour!
Where to stay: The Crown Prince Hotel, conveniently located near the Nyuang U airport and many of the main attractions, offers comfortable modern rooms at great value.